Originally published in Travel Insider (QANTAS magazine) by Caroline Hawkins, February 2020
Contemporary spaces that reframe the way we work
Originally built in 1988, the two-tower office building at 485 La Trobe Street in the Melbourne CBD was conceived as a unified space with a large atrium. But over time, the ground-floor lobby has been changed into a series of inconsistent zones. Aiming to merge these disparate elements, the Gray Puksand team set about linking the lobby areas across both towers to form a “welcome mat” for workers and passers-by alike. And with Flagstaff Gardens opposite the building, the central design concept was to bring the outside in. A 30-metre long “Breathing Wall” of more than 4000 plants is a striking feature and air filter in the new interior.